Saturday, April 25, 2015

You're No Fun!

Recently I've been asked these questions a lot.  These question of course are:
Why are you no fun?
Do you hate fun?
Don't you have any fun?
This is kind of starting to annoy me.  First of all, I have tons of fun. The problem with these questions is that they are based on your premise or view of fun.  The dictionary defines fun as, "something that provides amusement or enjoyment."  For me, this would be staying home and reading on a rainy day, or baking and getting on Tumblr.  Maybe later today I want to play Fall Out Boy songs on my flute and piano and organize my room? (I seriously do though I'm really looking forward to it).  Why does your idea of fun, which appears to be featuring a lot of what I consider the opposite of fun, determine whether or not I'm a fun  person.  No, I do not hate fun, but yes, I do hate partying and social events and being in rooms with large amounts of people.  Do I have fun? Yes, but I do it in a way that I think is fun rather than what you think is fun.  If I went out and partied and was social I would either have a mental breakdown or hurt someone (possibly myself) and it just would not be a rather well situation.  Why am I no fun?  Well, you can figure that out yourself.  Your opinion of how fun I am does not matter because clearly we are not compatible enough to do anything fun together.  My friends and I have our ideas of fun, and you and your friends have yours.  Next time why don't we think before we call someone something that depends on our own views.  I'm going to be working on this myself.  Reflecting on my own life, I often think things from my view and not others.  An example of this would be attraction to people.  Often times, myself, and many others I'm sure, are quick to think "ewwww" or "yasssss" (because I'm a white girl and those are our only emotions help me *white girl voice* oh my gosh it's happened i'm trapped oh my gosh Becky i'm like literally dying over here like literally).  This happened the other day when I found a boy attractive that my friend did not.  My view of beauty is different than hers.  (Mine is mostly based on hair and personality in case you actually cared. Yes, hair is very important to me). This has been a delirious 1 am post by Katniss Stone.
Hugs and Virtual Cookies,
Katniss Stone

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Katniss Complaints: Advanced Classes

I've decided to start a series called Katniss Complaints which will basically be me complaining about first world problems / school. Hope you will enjoy! Let's begin!

If you know me, you know that I'm in all of the most advanced classes offered at my grade level.  While I definitely love being in a more fast paced class than normal, it comes with this expectation that advanced students are some sort of unnatural being with no emotions or life. I don't understand why a teacher, whose job is to help children, would put so much stress on them.  On average, I have about three hours of homework each night.  Let me give you my schedule for each night, which -- keep in mind -- is way less crowded than many of the kids in my class.
3:00 End of school day
3:30 arrival home
3:40 snacks and relax (Yes this is incredibly necessary to my mental health so I cannot get rid of this sacred time)
4:15  Dinner! 
4:45 Get ready for tennis
4:55 Tennis Practice
6:30 Tennis practice over, chat with friends until mum or dad arrive
6:45 Arrive home
7:00 Shower
7:45 Second dinner (4 is not an ideal time to eat but I have to so I can be fed before tennis)
8:30 Get ready for the next day
8:45 help brother with homework
8:50 Take care of face
9:15 homework
12:10 Listen to calming music in the dark to settle my thoughts so I can sleep
1:00 am Sleep
6:45am Wake up
As you can see, this schedule is not ideal.  It's not wonder why I spend my days lying in bed when I get the chance.  Technically  I kind of lied to you though, most nights, by the time it get's to homework time, I just go to bed.  This leaves me with a 30 minute lunch period to get all of my homework and studying done.  I cannot tell you how many times (especially during finals week) that I have sat in one of my classes shaking with fear because I was unable to meet unrealistic expectations.  I've been told that I'm one of the brightest brains in my grade. While, I think that this is just something my teachers that like me make up so people won't call me a nerd (which doesn't work by the way if you're reading) I still wish people thought about it and took me seriously.  To be honest, I am a huge nerd.  My favorite thing the study right now is psychology and a little bit of biology mixed in with that.  It's through psychology that I've learned that the mental health levels of many high school students today would have gotten shock therapy in the 50's. Now I know the 50's were one of those times, but I still think that that is something we should think about (sort of unintentional psychology pun there).  If I am supposedly an incredibly bright brain, why can't I propose some ideas to the school? Here's my list of ideas if any one is interested:

  1. Start school later.  In basically everyone's body there is this thing called melatonin.  Melatonin is a chemical in your brain, that when realeased, makes us tired.  According to a statement by Dr. Belen Esparis [medical director of Mount Sinai Medical Center's Sleep Disorders Center and Laboratory. ] "The way school hours work means that we're asking teens to be functional at a time in the morning when their brains are not ready."  The average high school student's brain will not release melatonin until 1 am.  If teenagers are supposed to get 9.5 hours of sleep each night, a more ideal school time would be 10:45 am - 5:45 pm?  If school ends too late, then why not make it shorter?  I don't know one kid in any of my classes that is able to stay fully attentive for the 66 minute periods we have. (Honestly my brain tunes out after twenty minutes of learning about permutations.)
  2. Ask teachers to lower the amount of homework they give. One hour of homework isn't too bad, I'll give you that. But if each teacher gives me an hour of homework then all of a sudden I have 5 hours of homework.  If every teacher were asked to give a maximum of 30 minutes of homework then even if I had the full amount of homework from all of my teachers, I'd only be doing homework for 2.5 hours, which is much preferred to 5 hours.  (Also just a quick thought:  If you assign me a really long homework assignment and then complain about grading it and expect us to feel bad for you, it won't work.  Don't assign such long assignments if you don't wish to grade for hours on end.)  If you have to make the limit an hour of homework please add a study hall period to the school day.
Thanks for reading! I hope you agree with my points or even if you don't give me a comment explaining your thoughts.
Hugs and Virtual Cookies,

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Don't Cry .... CRAFT!

As some of you may know, there's a new meme sweeping across the phandom.  This meme of course is Don't ______ ..... CRAFT!. For those of your who don't know, this meme was started on April 1st when Dan and Phil started DanandPhilCRAFTS as an April fools joke.  Their motto was "Don't cry ... craft." Now of course, every video you go to is filled with the meme. 
(I.E: BobThePhanLuver2435325: I like this video
hatficl0ver23: Don't like


This was kind of funny at first but now it's getting kind of old. I think that the phandom needs some guidelines.  Here's a list of just a few of the times when it's inappropriate to tell someone to craft:
  • When someone is having an anxiety attack.  When I'm having a panic attack and I can't really control myself that well the last thing I want to hear is "Don't panic, craft." (I cover more about what not to do during anxiety attacks here)
  • When someone says they are depressed.
  • When someone talks about self harm. (Someone on Tumblr said that someone told them 'Don't cut, craft' and I honestly think that is disgusting.
That's a very short list of when not to use don't cry craft. Here's an equally short list of times when it is appropriate to use craft:
  • In the comments of a video that is not serious.  If you comment on a serious video you might be crossing into the Don't list. (in extreme moderation do not go respond to all of the comments with 'Don't ____ craft')
  • As a joke (again make sure you aren't also doing the don't list when you do so)
  • In the tags of a post on tumblr.  Phandom seems to like to replace the word cry with craft which is perfectly fine.  If you feel the need to say you're 'crafting over japhan' then I'm not going to judge you. Chances are I'll probably reblog you (I'm that lame).
This was basically just a rant because a few of my followers have been hurt emotionally / mentally because of this meme and I wanted to address this. 
Hugs and Virtual Cookies,
Katniss Stone